She set out to revolutionize US ocean management -- but first she faced the oil spill. Jane Lubchenco is 's Newsmaker of the Year.
The (environmental) meaning of Christmas. David Biello reports
Richard Easterlin wrote a paper back in the 1970s showing that increased income doesn't correlate with increased happiness. Last week he published an update on that paper. Christie Nicholson reports...
Telecoms, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits are pushing to put mobile phones directly in the hands of women in low- and middle-income countries
The "skunk bear" will now be a "candidate" for future protection
U.S. homes have about 63 million video game consoles, and together they use about as much energy as San Diego does in a year, according to a 2008 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council...
Oil sands extraction raises concerns among environmentalists because it generates more of the heat-trapping gases causing climate change than conventional oil drilling, among other things...
A database of millions of books tries to make it possible to track cultural trends through the quantities of individual words in print over the last few centuries. Cynthia Graber reports...
The field of "culturomics" promises humanities researchers a robust quantitative tool to analyze cultural trends back to the 1500s
Thirty-three years into its voyage, the solar wind speed around Voyager 1 has dropped to zero as the space-hardened craft nears a milestone in its journey out of the solar system
Famed oceanographic workhorse gets US$40-million upgrade.
Kitchen staff learned more from food safety stories about methods and consequences than from dry protocols. Cynthia Graber reports
Discoveries of distant planets are challenging theorists to think deeply about extraterrestrial life
Unlike other superbugs, a new class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are gaining their power from easily transferable genes such as NDM-1
China relies on coal for most of its energy while striving to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution
Synthetic biology needs oversight not over-regulation, commission finds.
Pucker up this year, because you might not always have a sprig of mistletoe hanging around at your annual Christmas party. The popular, parasitic plant could soon be disappearing from its historic habitats...
Rats can be trained to identify TB-positive sputum samples--and do it better than conventional techniques. Karen Hopkin reports
Did Marc Hauser know what he was doing?